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Marijuana plants found growing near Burger King

Marijuana plants found growing near Burger King

Two marijuana plants were discovered by a lawn care professional Tuesday at the Selmer Burger King. Staff Photo by Andrew Alexander

Two marijuana plants standing approximately two feet in height were discovered by local constable and lawn care professional, Dennis Miller of Selmer, on July 19. They were growing next to Burger King’s parking lot on Mulberry Avenue.

Miller Lawn Works does lawn maintenance for Burger King every few weeks, according to Burger King employee Bonda Cummings who was working when the plants were  discovered.

“I pulled into the parking lot to do maintenance and one of my assistants spotted the plants,” said Miller, “so, I notified Officer Huckabee of the Selmer Police Department.”

Miller served 14 years as a law enforcement specialist in the military and has experience identifying and removing marijuana.

“I used to do marijuana eradication as a military police officer,” said Miller. “I figure they (marijuana plants) had been growing for about two months.”

According to Lt. Tony Miller of the SPD, Officers Blake Huckabee and Dustin Jaco responded to the call and confiscated the plants from the grassy area adjacent to the Burger King parking lot.

The two plants were placed in the evidence locker at the police department and the SPD will wait for a judge’s approval to destroy the confiscated marijuana.

“Most likely, someone could have discarded seeds which led to the growth,” said (Tony) Miller, “but that is just an assumption.”

Neither Burger King management nor the SPD suspect any employees of the establishment of planting the marijuana.

“Basically, we don’t know who dropped the seeds or planted the plants,” said (Tony) Miller, “but we’re not assuming it was a Burger King employee.”

According to (Tony) Miller, there will not be an ongoing investigation into the matter.

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